An Automotive Emergency Kit
Helps You Be Prepared
Keeping an automotive emergency kit in your vehicle at all times is an excellent way to prepare yourself for life's difficult situations. When disaster strikes, most of the time people are within range of medical services and can quickly call for help or someone will soon drive by and offer to call on your behalf. We have all come to depend on rescue workers/paramedics to safely assist us.
You have to be prepared
But what happens if you are on a back road somewhere and need help? There may not be someone to drive by and make that call for you. If you don't have access to an easy means of communication or medical personnel are too far away to provide assistance in time, what do you do?
It is in situations like these in which an automotive emergency kit can help you. It may help you save your life or it may help you save the lives of those who travel with you. It could be that it doesn't even involve anyone in your car. Perhaps the emergency kit you keep in your car is the one thing that helps an injured person in another car accident.
Or, consider the following situations:
- Athletic Events - Having an automotive emergency kit on hand at sporting events can help ensure first aid materials are available should anyone get injured.
- Hunting Trips - When you are on a hunting trip and in need of aid, you might be beyond a cell tower's range; an emergency kit with medical supplies can be just what you need in order to keep an injured person stable until you can safely reach help.
- Bad Weather - If you live in an area threatened by hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or other weather disasters, an emergency kit for cars can help you last through an event should one occur.
As you can see, automotive emergency kits are a great investment, and can be extremely valuable in situations where you don't have easy and quick access to regular medical care or facilities. Put one together today and keep it stored in a safe place in your vehicle.
What should you include in your auto survival kit?
Here is a list of the most important things you should consider including:
- Emergency Survival Water Pouches (how much depends on the kind of situation you could be facing (serious disasters require up to 3 gallons per person per day)
- Food Protein bars, nuts, granola, and ready to eat meals (preferably freeze dried)
- First Aid Kit
- Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Alert Radio
- Jumper Cables
- Tire Inflater
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Cat litter or sand
- Extra clothes and sturdy boots
- Winter outerwear if it is cold outside
- Ice scraper if it is cold weather season
- Roadside flares
- MultiPurpose Fire Extinguisher
- Multipurpose tool (screwdrivers, knife, scissors, etc.)
Keep all of these items in a sturdy bag and review them every 3-6 months to see if anything needs to be rotated out. Seasons change and food and water does get old, so checking your supplies regularly will ensure you are prepared for whatever comes your way.